Typical jobs include Rights of Way Officer, Access Officer, Footpath Worker, Footpath Surveyor.
See current vacancies advertised with CJS here.
To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a good start.
See current volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.
Rights of Way work requires tact, diplomacy and patience as well as an ability to communicate with the public. You will need knowledge of rights of way law and mapping software e.g. GIS or MapInfo. For the more practical roles basic land management skills will be necessary. For all roles the ability to read a map and to walk, often long distances, over rough terrain are necessary.
And something unusual like stone carving (for gate posts and signs) or traditional sign writing may make your application stand out.
If you're thinking of a career in rights of way a countryside management higher qualification is usually the basic entry point. There are details of longer courses like these on the Training Directory here.
Health Walks in the Derbyshire Dales, Derbyshire Dales District Council
Managing visitors with dogs post-Covid, Stephen Jenkinson
Wanted! Miracle worker …, ScotWays
The future for protecting right of way as 2026 deadline to register historic paths is dropped, Ramblers
Walk This May, Living Streets
Public Rights of Way and access - an insight nearly 20 years on, Birchill Access Consultancy
Inclusive access – small changes make a big difference, Open Country
Towards an accessible countryside, Open Country
Go Jauntly launches smartphone ‘nature diary’ to boost mental health
Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management (IPROW)
Scottish Access Technical Information Network